Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most important developments coming out of the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know on Friday, August 5th.
Catherine Opie and Jack Pearson Curate Show for John Waters Collection – Artists Catherine Opie and Jack Pearson have selected 90 works from the collection that film director John Waters donated to the Baltimore Museum of Art in 2020. and Andy Warhol will be exhibited at the museum on November 20th. (CBS news)
Maya Lin was commissioned to create a sculpture for the Obama Presidential Center – One of former US President Barack Obama’s favorite artists, Lynn see through spacewill be located in the Water Garden at the Obama Presidential Center. According to former President Obama, the garden will be named after Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, who inspired him and his sister. (press release)
Even Damien Hirst wasn’t sure if he wanted his own NFT – The famous British artist has confessed on Twitter that he is “trying to figure out what I should do” about the results of his much-hyped NFT project “The Currency”. The artist created 10,000 of his NFTs and told each purchaser to choose whether to keep a digital token or a corresponding physical painting (most chose the latter). did). Hirst, who plans to burn all of his remaining physical works, also reveals that for his own sake he keeps 1,000 of his NFTs and must make the same decision. did. He initially thought of exchanging all his NFTs for his IRL creations, but has now decided to keep the tokens. He “decided he needed to show 100% support and confidence in the world of NFTs,” Hurst wrote. (art net news)
Uffizi Gallery embarks on $51 million restoration of gardens – By 2030, Florence’s Uffizi Gallery will look vastly different, thanks to an impressive masterplan to restore the nearby Boboli Gardens to their “Medici-era glory.” The so-called “Boboli 2030” initiative includes 40 projects aimed at improving energy efficiency, combating climate change, restoring statues and building tapestry and carpet storage facilities. The gardens were originally designed by the Medici family and served as a model of the popular Italian style on a sprawling 81-acre site with grottoes, fountains and nearly 300 classical and Baroque statues. Director Eike Schmidt said in a statement that the goal is “not only to bring Boboli back to the glory days of the Medici and Lorena dynasties, but to go even further and make it one of the best open museums in the world.” said. (tongue)
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Stephen Hawking’s VW Caravelle is up for auction – The turquoise Volkswagen Caravelle that ran physicist Stephen Hawking for a decade goes bankrupt in September. The scientist purchased the car in 1988 to take Hawking and his bride, Elaine Mason, to their wedding, and continued until 1999, when Hawking’s health deteriorated and he needed a wheelchair-accessible car. This car has been commissioned by Hawking’s nephew without reservation at the Silverstone auction in the UK. (evening standard)
National Gallery of Ireland names first female director in over a century – Caroline Campbell takes over the helm of the National Gallery of Ireland, becoming the first female director in the gallery’s 158-year history. The Belfast-born curator has worked at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, Courtauld Her Gallery and the National She Gallery in London, where she has been Director of Collections and Research since 2018. Campbell said in her statement, “I’m so happy to be back in a place that means so much to me personally.” She will begin her new role in November. (press release)
M+ Partner with HSBC – HSBC, one of the world’s largest banks, will be the first lead partner of Hong Kong’s M+ Museum from November 1st. This important partnership includes museum special exhibitions, tours of non-governmental organizations, and lead sponsorship of family-friendly initiatives. The bank’s extensive archive of historical documents, drawings and photographs will also play an important role in future collaboration plans with M+. (press release)
These Bend quilt reproductions are now available at Macy’s – Macy’s now sells reproductions of quilts made by the historic Gee’s Bend Quilter in Alabama. The move is the result of a partnership between Macy’s and Souls Grown Deep Foundation and Community Partnerships. A portion of the profits from online sales will go to artists Lucy Mingo, Loretta Pettway, Louella Pettway, Lucy T. Pettway, Stella Mae Pettway, and Soul’s Grown Deep Foundation. The colorful abstract fabric works produced within the Gee’s Bend community have long been considered a major contribution to American art history. (art news)
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